I couldn’t think of a better way to end Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014 than writing about the Azzedine Alaia Exhibition at Palais Gailliera. The designer’s designer, Tunisian born Azzedine Alaia is a master couturier and one of the rare designers who is as adept at tailoring as he is at draping. Alaia aspires to flatter and sculpt the female form to look its best and sexiest. He doesn’t follow fashion or trends and some seasons will not design a collection. “Women have always dictated my behavior. I make clothes, women make fashion.” says Alaia. His coveted form fitting dresses have been worn by every major celebrity and super model including Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Rhianna, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Stephanie Seymour and many of them are his groupies/friends. In his more humble years when he was a dressmaker for glamorous actresses and society ladies and designed for Greta Garbo, French actress Arletty, and Louise de Vilmorin.
The exhibit at the newly renovated fashion museum Palais Galliera presents 74 of Alaia’s most iconic pieces from his persoanl archives, spanning 1979 to 2012. Curator Olivier Saillard worked closely with Alaia for 18 months carefully choosing which pieces would best show Alaia’s extensive range. The exhibition covers the gamut of Alaia’s inexhaustible talent with cutout evening gowns, big sweaters and knits, his famous leather sculpted dresses and skirts, waist cinching short dresses, and dramatic ball gowns. The true testament to the genius of Alaia is that the clothes are truly timeless and any of the garments in the show could be worn today and still be current.
The exhibit is in two spaces, the Palais Galliera and a capsule collection across the street at the Musee d’Art Moderne. I was not allowed to take photos at Palais Galliera but was allowed at Musee d’Art Moderne in the Salle Matisse. I loved the way the clothes looked against the backdrop of Matisse’s murals La Danse and Lutte de Nymphes and also Daniel Buren’s colorful Murs de Peintures.
Did you enjoy having a front seat with me for Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014?
Till January 26
Le Palais Galliera
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75116
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10AM -6PM, Thursday 9PM
Metro: Alma Marceau or Iena
Musee d’Art Moderne
11 Ave. du President Wilson, 75116
Metro: Alma Marceau or Iena
Open 10AM-6PM Tuesday to Sunday, Thursday 10PM
My Apartment for Rent
I am renting my fabulous one -bedroom apartment from November 1- November 16 in the heart of the Marais near St. Paul. I will now rent it for less time, either ten days or a week during that period.For more info email me at email@example.com
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
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Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
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